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Special Opportunities Program

Exploring and Amplifying Critical Issues in the Great Lakes Region in Support of Program Goals


Special Opportunities Grantees

2013 Special Opportunities Grantees

Find more information about grantees in our Annual Reports.

Chicago, IL $25,000
To increase capacity for 3AP, an online crowd funding platform for artists in Chicago. (1 yr)

Advance Illinois
Chicago, IL $25,000
To increase new media capacity to achieve policy objectives. (1 yr)

The American Association for the Advancement of Science
Washington, DC $167,000
To advance prizes as a tool to spur innovation in priority domestic policy areas, such as workforce development, education and environment. (1 yr)

The Aspen Institute Inc.
Washington, DC $150,000
To support the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions and the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund. (1 yr)

Center for Community Change
Washington, DC $100,000
To support plans for the launch of the Young Invincibles Midwest Office. (1 yr)

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Washington, DC $300,000
To support research and policy analysis on fiscal policy matters affecting low-income families, federally and in the Midwest. (2 yrs)

Chicago Public Media Inc.
Chicago, IL

For in-depth regional reporting on education, employment, environment and gun violence prevention. (1 yr)

To support a reporter who will provide in-depth coverage of Springfield policy debates. (1 yr)

Chicago Votes
Chicago, IL $25,000
To increase digital capacity to achieve policy objectives. (1 yr)

Civic Consulting Alliance
Chicago, IL

To provide strategic consulting to the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois in the areas of education and workforce development. (2 yrs)

To support a mayoral initiative, Thrive Chicago. (2 yrs)

Clean Wisconsin Inc.
Madison, WI

To support a new media and public engagement list-building project. (1 yr)

To increase new media capacity to achieve policy objectives. (1 yr)

Donors Forum
Chicago, IL $100,000
To serve as a leading voice and coordinator of philanthropic and nonprofit advocacy in Illinois. (2 yrs)

Illinois Arts Alliance Foundation
Chicago, IL $25,000
To support new media capacity building that will advance the organization's policy agenda. (1yr)

Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence
Chicago, IL $25,000
To increase digital capacity to achieve policy goals. (1 yr)

Innovation Foundation Inc.
Chicago, IL $50,000
To support Chicago Ideas Week, a week-long series of public presentations, events, lectures and workshops presented by scholars, artists, educators, scientists, writers and other thought leaders from around the world in Chicago in October 2013. (1 yr)

National Skills Coalition
Washington, DC $25,000
To increase digital capacity to achieve policy goals. (1 yr)

New Organizing Institute Education Fund
Washington, DC $75,000
To support two new media trainings for Joyce grantees in Chicago. (1 yr)

New Venture Fund
Washington, DC $75,000
To develop a new guide to incentive prizes for government leaders. (1 yr)

Northwestern University
Evanston, IL $100,000
To support year two of the evaluation of reform initiatives of the Chicago Police Department. (1yr)

Ohio Environmental Council
Columbus, OH $25,000
To increase digital capacity to achieve policy goals. (1 yr)

President and Fellows of Harvard College
Cambridge, MA $75,000
For the launch of the Initiative for Sustainable Arts in America (SustainArts). (1 yr)

Rebuild Foundation
Chicago, IL $75,000
To support strategic planning and leadership development to boost the organization's long-term impact. (1 yr)

State Voices
Detroit, MI $75,000
For the provision of shared data services and technology to increase the effectiveness of constituent outreach among organizations and coalitions. (18 mos)

The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

To provide staff support to the Richard M. Daley Distinguished Senior Fellowship. (10 mos)

To support programming aligned with the Joyce Foundation's programs. (14 mos)

Window to the World Communications Inc.
Chicago, IL $100,000
To support reporting on environment, education and employment issues on Chicago Tonight and the PBS NewsHour. (1 yr)

Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Madison, WI $100,000
To cover stories in Wisconsin related to political reform, environmental protection and gun violence prevention and, in partnership with MinnPost, to cover stories in Minnesota on political reform, with an emphasis on fair courts. (1 yr)

Women Employed Institute
Chicago, IL $25,000
To build new media capacity to advance its policy objectives. (1yr)

Latest News From The Special Opportunities Program


Joyce Foundation Approves 45 Grants

On April 21, 2015 the Joyce Foundation Board of Directors approved 45 grants spanning 7 programmatic priorities.

8/7/2014 9:50:00 AM

Updated: The Craft Of Incentive Prize Design

Prize competitions increasingly serve as a creative mechanism for engaging the public, driving innovation and paying for results.

7/31/2014 9:05:00 AM

Beth Swanson Named Joyce Foundation VP Of Strategy And Programs

Swanson will help guide the development of strategic approaches to reach public policy goals across the Foundation’s six program areas.


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